Reinterpreting Yajña as Vedic Sacrifice

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In this article, the author endeavors to problematize the term "sacrifice," which is often used to translate the word yajna in Indological writings.

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Jain, Pankaj 2011.

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In this article, the author endeavors to problematize the term "sacrifice," which is often used to translate the word yajna in Indological writings.

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Abstract: Vedic rituals, yajnas, were one of the most important socio-religious activities in Vedic India. In this article, the author endeavors to problematize the term "sacrifice," which is often used to translate the word yajna in Indological writings. Although Monier-Williams (MW) dictionary defines yajnas as - "worship, devotion, prayer, praise; act of worship or devotion, offering, oblation, sacrifice (the former meanings prevailing in Veda, the latter in post-Vedic literature)", some of the primary meanings of the word yajna seem to have been sidelined with the scholarly emphasis on "sacrifice" as the chief interpretation. Several Vedicists have already expressed their disapprovals with equating yajna with sacrifice.

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Jain, Pankaj. Reinterpreting Yajña as Vedic Sacrifice, paper, 2011; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc38897/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Public Affairs and Community Service.